As we celebrate our earthly fathers this weekend, it seems appropriate to give nod to our Heavenly Father. Check out this reflection from St. Francis of Assisi on the prayer we pray so often, the Our Father. O Most Holy Our Father: Creator, Redeemer, Consoler and Our Savior.
Who art in Heaven: in the Angels and in the Saints; enlightening them unto knowledge, because Thou, Lord, art Light, inflaming them unto love, because Thou, Lord, art Love; indwelling and filling them unto blessedness, because Thou, Lord, art the Highest Good, the Eternal One, from whom is every good, without whom nothing is good.
Hallowed be Thy Name: may the knowledge of Thee in us be made bright, so that we may know, what is the breadth of Thy benefactions, the length of Thy promises, the sublimity of Thy Majesty and the depth of Thy judgments.
Thy Kingdom come: so that Thou may reign in us by grace and make us come unto Thy Kingdom, where vision of Thee is made manifest, love of Thee made perfect, company with Thee blessed, enjoyment of Thee everlasting.
Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven: so that we may love Thee with our whole heart by thinking of Thee always, with our whole soul by desiring Thee always, with our whole mind directing unto Thee all our intentions, by seeking Thy honor in all things and with all our strength by expending all our strength and sense of soul and body in submission to Thy love and not in anything else; and may we love our neighbors even as our very selves by drawing all to Thy love to the extent of our strength, by rejoicing over the good things of others just as over our own and by compassionating them in evils and by giving offense to no one.
Give us this day, Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Our Daily Bread: to remember and understand and reverence the love, which He had for us, and those things, which He said, did, or endured on our behalf.
And forgive us our debts: by Thy ineffable Mercy, and through the virtue of the Passion of Thy Beloved son and by the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin and all Thy elect.
As we also forgive our debtors: and what we do not fully forgive, Lord, make us fully forgive, so that we may truly love our enemies for the sake of Thee and intercede devoutly on their behalf with Thee, rendering to none evil for evil and striving in all things to advance unto Thee.
And lead us not into temptation: hidden or manifest, sudden or importune.
But deliver us from the evil: past, present, and future. Glory be to the Father.